Kininogenase Activity and Kinin-Like Substance in the Venomous Spicules and Spines of Lepidopteran Larvae
Of the medically important caterpillars of Lepidopteran insects (moths and butterflies) in Japan, some species of the genus Euproctis (tussock moth) and three kinds of slug moths, Parasa consocia, Parasa sinica, Cnidocampa flavescens, are known to be the most harmful. Recently, the pioneer work was performed by de Jong and Bleumink (1–2) concerning the spicule venom of the brown tail moth, E. chrysorrhoea, and they found the presence of enzymic activities of protease, esterase and phospholipase A2 in its extract. However, there is little knowledge about the nature of the venoms involved in the venomous spicules and spines of the above insects.
KeywordsLepidopteran Insect Crude Venom Lepidopteran Larva Lower Molecular Fraction Tussock Moth
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